My anniversary trip was a success in spite of a cold! We went to Sencha Tea bar before even checking into the hotel. Unfortunately it looks like loose leaf tea is not their specialty. Their tea menu was mostly bubble teas (something I’ve never actually had but appears to be some sugary concoction) and when I passed the server a list of teas I wished to purchase neither him nor his coworker knew what several of them were (apparently the website has several teas from last year that they no longer stock). Their manager seemed up to speed though, and I was given SIX sample packets of different teas to try, which I thought very generous. So altogether, I’ll have to see how I like the teas and if I will buy from them again, lol.

This is the first tea I tried, and when I double checked my list that I passed the worker there, this one wasn’t on it. My guess is he typed in the wrong code and I got this instead of a different tea (there were about a dozen on my list and he seemed a little overwhelmed and not used to someone buying so much loose leaf tea). Either way this one is a winner- the lime flavouring is strong and refreshing, the ginger light and the green rooibos nicely subtle. This tea is actually not one I would have picked for myself so this was a happy accident.

Flavors: Lime

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

sounds tasty!


Sounds like a sweet time!

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sounds tasty!


Sounds like a sweet time!

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I used to drink coffee, but it started to hurt my stomach so I switched to tea. A friend of mine introduced me to DAVID’s TEA and I couldn’t stop after that! I’ve now been expanding my scope beyond DAVIDs away from “candy-like teas” into more natural teas or flavourings. Current favourite stores include International House of Tea (iHOT) and Verdant Tea.

When it comes to tea ratings, I usually only ever rate them once. I know a lot of people on steepster do many tasting notes for the same teas depending on their mood, but I prefer to rate once and if my opinion changes, I will delete the old note and rate again. How I rate teas goes as following:

1-49: Teas I won’t buy again. Either the taste is disgusting to me, or it’s too bland, etc. I’m most likely not even going to finish the tin/bag.

50-59: Teas I wouldn’t buy again; I have to force myself to drink the whole cup to not waste it.

60-69: I’ll finish the cup and even the bag/tin, but I wouldn’t buy these teas again. Teas of this rating are “lacking something”.

70-79:Teas that are pretty good and ones I might buy again. Usually these teas are ones I have to be “in the mood for” and drink occasionally.

80-89: Great teas! Ones I will drink several times a week and often have in my stash :).

90-100: Favourite must-have teas!

My favourite types of tea are green tea and different types of “natural” herbal tea (different herbs, natural flavourings, etc). I cannot drink black or oolong teas due a sensitive stomach. I don’t really go for white tea due to its cost and the fact that it has just a little caffeine (if I want caffeine I’ll just go for a green tea and if I don’t I’ll go for a herbal-no sense on just having a little caffeine). I also like to do iced teas in the summer time, and then I’ll gravitate towards herbal fruit blends that are bagged to cut costs and convenience (it’s easier to throw out bags than clean a filter). Flavours I don’t care for include anything too tart, bitter, artificial, overly spicy or overly sweet.
Also, when I have time (usually when I’m not working much) I like to make tea lattes out of different rooibos blends.

My everyday green tea is Gunpowder since it is strong and not sensitive to temperatures or steeping time which is something I cannot be bothered with when I’m getting ready for work. Other greens I enjoy are dragonwell, sencha, and different Chinese greens. I’m not the biggest fan of yunnan greens since they are so finicky (although I do like gyokuro)

On a day to day basis I usually have 2-3 cups of green tea and several more cups of different herbal blends.

Besides tea I also work at a couple libraries (I am finishing my library tech diploma),am in my early 20s and got married in Oct 2014.


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